Historic Hood River
Billy Sunday may have been Hood River’s most famous resident, but I’ve never been very clear on how long he owned the “Sunday Ranch” or how often he visited.
His Wikipedia page says
In 1909, the Sundays bought an apple orchard in Hood River, Oregon, where they vacationed for several years. Although the property sported only a rustic cabin, reporters called it a “ranch.”
Searching the pages of The Hood River Glacier, we see confirmation of his 1909 visit to purchase the ranch. We also see as late as 1927 he was still visiting his ranch and preaching at the local Asbury church.
According to The Oregon Encyclopedia, Billy and Ma Sunday owned the Odell ranch until his death in 1935. Ma Sunday sold it in 1937.
Here’s a nice image of the Sunday ranch in its heyday. It was really quite a modest home, but appears to have met the Sunday’s need for the occasional escape from the pressures of the tent and tabernacle circuit. It has been estimated Sunday preached to 100 million people, mostly in the years before electronic amplification, so it sounds like his brief vacations in Hood River were well-earned.